Instruments of War
Currently in development, Instruments of War is an investigation into the sounds of conflict, and the role music can play in resolution. As one of the world’s biggest arms dealers, the UK may enjoy a sense of distance from areas of violent conflict, but economically and politically, the issue is very close to home. In the piece, an ensemble of instrumentalists will play conventional instruments as well as a range of firearms and other weapons. Live-feed audio and visuals will be integrated to bring the audience closer than ever to the reality of human inventions designed to kill. The sounds of cleaning, assembling, loading and firing guns will merge with staged actions and scored music, to sound out the emotional, psychological and physical effects felt by people whose lives are underscored by violence.
Most recently, a small company undertook some research and development at the Royal Opera House, using a selection of hundreds of pieces from its armoury department.
Concept: FXXX BXXXXX + Santa Bušs
Armourer: Zoe Phillips